Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “Coming to America”

June 18, 2012  |  
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You quote the lines. (“Sexual Chocolate!”) You love the story. And you have to admit that the costumes from the trashy club wear to that gorgeous, pink wedding dress are to die for. Coming to America was another hit in a string of Eddie Murphy blockbusters in the late eighties and early nineties. Grossing over $128 million dollars domestically, it eventually became the 3rd highest grossing film of 1988. We know you love it but did you know some of the secrets behind this comedic classic?

The Dance

There’s a bit of discrepancy circulating around the internet about how the choreography of this dance came together. Some claim that a significant portion of the moves come from “Thriller,” which was choreographed by Michael Peters. (They say it’s just really sped up.) But in reality, former Laker Girl and “American Idol” judge, Paula Abdul is the mastermind behind this scene. The only commonality between Thriller and this dance is that John Landis directed both the music video and the film. We have to give Paula her props on this one. If you don’t remember how brilliant it was, check out the video below and refresh your memory.

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